Road Trip: Summer in Vitalis Villas, the Santorini of the North

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1
Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for the weekend that was.
We are indeed grateful for so many things. Grateful as we are all provided with good health to allow us to push through with our summer-in-local-Santorini plans. Grateful for the super sunny Summer weather in Ilocos. Grateful for the safe and uneventful 6-hour roadtrip from Manila to Ilocos Sur. Grateful for blessing us with very friendly and helpful staff in the hotel who took care of all our needs, whims, and wants. Grateful for the delish overflowing food served to us and all other guests. Grateful for these fun family memories.
For all these and more, we are grateful, dear Father, for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us.
I am extremely grateful, most especially, dear Heavenly Father,  when my first day transitioned to night in Vitallis Villas – as You showed your artwork and painted the sky pink blue yellow orange and purple right before my very eyes. I feel loved. I feel blessed. I am grateful. Thank you. I love you.
From Ilocos with love,
We’re grateful for visiting Vitalis Villas! 

Take lots of pictures of the dove-white houses and cobalt blue gates and fences.

Enjoying swimming in the 2 pools, too.

Or head across Vitalis Sands, Vitalis Villas’ sister resort to enjoy fine sand and some water activities (water park, kayak, jet ski, zipline, etc).

Feel free to hang out in your villa and spend quality  time with family and friends.

Or spend time in prayer and be grateful for being given the chance to visit the villas of the North.

What are you most grateful for today?


Roadtrip: Vitalis Villas
Address: Sabangan, Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63.2.3733333


Budget: varies per number of rooms per unit (please check out Vitalis Villas website for more details)
Facebook: @Vitalis Villas

Road Trip: Swiss Alpine Village @ Crosswinds Swiss Luxury Resort

April and May have been extremely busy months. With my risk and compliance roadshows in the office, IT migrations for Dhomz, juggling Masterals and teaching for my bro, and Dad’s legal consultations in his office, it was extremely challenging to plan our family’s annual summer get-away — extremely challenging that Dhomz and I had to postpone our Greece trip to another month. =(

May 7th. Thursday. Thursday: a day not usually spent for family summer get-aways. But the Pascua fambam went anyway. Well, almost all of the Pascua fambam went (my bro had a faculty manual draft presentation at school).

Since we had to move our out-of-the-country trip, it was but important that we spend this summer vacation in a nearby location which would still give the vibe that we’re in another country.

Do you feel like going to Switzerland this summer?

Welcome to Alpine Village at Crosswinds!
1a Welcome to Alpine Village

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Food Trip: Bawai’s Vietnamese Kusina, Tagaytay

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kusina, Tagaytay


Vietnam has been known as an amazingly exotic tourist spot known for its breathtaking natural beauty and astonishing Asian cuisine.


Vietnamese cooking remains as a fascinating draw for tourists. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is immensely admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal to nil use of oil, and dependence on herbs and greens. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.


For Filipinos who do not have the luxury of time to go and travel to Vietnam, the second closest thing to tasting a healthy authentic Vietnamese cuisine is to visit Bawai.


Bawai means grandma in Vietnamese.


Yong and Virgilio Tatlonghari opened their cozy home for weekend dining.


Bawai Hiden Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant in Tagaytay (and they now have a branch in White Plains too) which serves authentic home cooked Vietnamese food. This refreshing restaurant which sits beside a cool green garden, is located at the second floor of Bawai’s house.
Bawai 1a
Bawai 1b


Bawai Yong is the person behind this refreshing restaurant. When we visited her, Bawai cooked the healthy meals herself and she imported the ingredients straight from Vietnam.


Our meal starts with tea.
Bawai 2


Goi Cuon (P195) Vietnamese Fresh Lumpia – fresh noodles, fresh caramelized pork and steamed shrimp roll wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper, served with special Vietnamese sauce. Highly recommended.
Bawai 3

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